Amalfi is love at first sight. Nature has blessed this tiny Italian town with extraordinary landscapes that will follow you everywhere. The paradise of the Amalfi Coast is surrounded by the Lattari Mountains. Its winding roads overhang the cobalt blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and its picturesque houses seem to be glued to the steep mountain slopes. The appearance of Amalfi was shaped back in the Middle Ages and has not changed much since then. Secluded coves, lemon gardens, olive groves, ancient buildings and elegant narrow streets still reflect the true Italian flavor. Life here flows in a measured and leisurely fashion. A journey to Amalfi is an opportunity to find inspiration, relax your mind, and believe in a fairy tale.
The citizens of Amalfi established transshipment and trading bases in Constantinople, Syria, and Egypt. In 1135, the Amalfi fleet was defeated, and the city was looted. By the middle of the XII century, only memories of the Republic's former glory remained. Seafaring and fishing and the production of paper, limoncello liqueur, and traditional pasta were the main activities of the locals. However, history is unpredictable. Amalfi regained its fame and got a second chance thanks to its natural beauty.
Today, the city is the most famous center of tourism in Italy, and the Amalfi coast is among the 55 sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The best time to visit Amalfi
Early fall and late spring are the perfect time for a quiet, peaceful vacation. During this time, the resort town is not yet overcrowded with tourists, and the weather is mild and comfortable.
Winter in Amalfi will also please tourists with warmth. The average temperature during this period is +12-14°C. The city takes on a special charm during the New Year and Christmas holidays — people decorate houses, organize fairs, parties, and fireworks.
The rainy season is in November and February.
The main public transport in Amalfi is the intercity bus, as part of its route goes through the city. It is also possible to get around by ferry or cab.
Be careful on the roads. Many of them are serpentine, and driving in this area requires special care.
When renting a car, do not forget about the strict rules of parking. Breaking them in Amalfi may be accompanied by large fines.
On the beaches, which restaurants run, you can order food directly to the sun loungers.
Things to do in Amalfi
- Take a boat trip. The most amazing landscapes and panoramas of the city are best revealed from the water. Sea breeze, hot sun, and unforgettable experiences will be the true companions of the trip.
- Visit the Cathedral of St. Andrew. It is located in the main square of the city, Piazza Duomo. The architecture of the building has Moorish overtones, and there is a cozy courtyard of Paradise, planted with palm trees and flowers inside the cathedral. This place is like a little paradise in the center of the city.
- Learn the secrets of the local paper industry. Visiting the city's Paper Museum, you can see the workshop where it was made in the distant past, watch how paper is made by hand, and buy cute themed souvenirs.
- Explore the Emerald Grotto. This is a breathtaking sea cave. It got its name because of the unique shade of light reflected from the stalactites and stalagmites. Tourists can get into the grotto itself by elevator, and you can get to the cave by water (from one of the city's marinas) or by bus.
- Try a popular local liquor, Limoncello. This sweet elixir is made from aromatic lemons. The strong and, at the same time, refreshing drink is served well-chilled. It is perfect to finish off any meal.
- Soak on the beach of Di Duoglio. The water here is azure and clear, and the steep cliffs make this place incredibly picturesque. Lovers of outdoor activities can rent equipment for canoeing, diving, and windsurfing.
- Taste the delicious local cuisine. Pasta with seafood, fish soups, fried anchovies, dumplings, pizza, and, of course, a variety of desserts are especially popular here. The popular authentic restaurants include Taverna degli Apostoli, La Capannina, L'Abside.